Accountability Measures Amendment
(This is a generic amendment which applies to multiple fisheries. The corresponding amendments are the following: Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment 31/ Coastal Migratory Pelagics Framework Amendment 7/ Dolphin Wahoo Regulatory Amendment 2)
Over the past five years, the Council has requested information on possible approaches to improve recreational landings estimates, particularly for species that are infrequently intercepted in the recreational survey. However, the accuracy of such estimates has not improved enough to allow efficient tracking of recreational annual catch limits (ACLs) and has led to mounting frustration among fishery managers, stock assessment analysts, and recreational anglers.
The Council is already working on methods to obtain additional data (e.g., Snapper GrouperAmendment 46 - which could implement private recreational reporting for federally managed snapper grouper species in the South Atlantic (the MyFishCount App)) - that could eventually be used to improve management of recreational fisheries in the region. A possible avenue to lessen the impact of uncertain recreational data on stakeholders is revision of accountability measures.
At their March 2018 meeting, the Council directed staff to begin development of an amendment that would revise recreational accountability measures to allow more flexibility in managing recreational fisheries.
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